Report sought from local administration on Sost Port issue

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by Zulfiqar Ali Khan

HUNZA, July 19: The Minister for Finance and Privatisation, Syed Naveed Qamar has assured a delegation of PPP activists that the real stakeholder of Sost Dry Port will be given their due rights. The minister was visiting Hunza on the invitation of Aga Khan Foundation for inauguration of the Ahmedabad Hydro Power Station. The delegation comprised of Fida Karim, President Pakistan Peoples Party, Hunza, Karimullah Baig, President, Peoples Youth Wing Hunza, Farmanullah Baig Razi, President Peoples Youth wing Gojal, Aziz Jan, Chairman Union Council Gojal and Imam Yar Baig, party activist from Shinaki.

The delegation informed the Minister about ‘large scale irregularities of Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Chief Executive Northern Areas and family in the Sost Dry Port’. The delegation accused Mir Ghazanfar and his family for ‘trying to use their influences to create misunderstanding between the newly elected cabinet of the port and their Chinese partners’.

The minister instructed Socrat Aman Rana, Assistant Commissioner, Hunza, to submit a detailed report in this regard. The delegation also requested the Minister to increase the number of seats for Hunza in Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA). The delegation informed the Minister that due to deployment of force in Chipurson and Brughal valley, border areas with Afghanistan, the local communities are unable to take the yaks and other cattle back from the pasture. The delegation also demanded for special financial packages and products for Gilgir-Baltistan due to crisis in tourism and cross border trade in the region.

Answering a question of PT correspondent, the Minister said that after thorough study of the Sost Dry Port issue, he will forward it to the concerned ministry for further actions.

The Minister has promised to fulfil the demands of the party activists and instructed to present these in the form of a comprehensive proposal.

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